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Dublin Bus examining 24 hour city service

DUBLIN Bus is looking to expand their current Nitelink service and introduce a new all-night service on more routes.

The National Bus and Rail Union have been made aware of the proposed scheme to expand its night service ahead of talks on the controversial plans to put 10pc of Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann routes out to tender.

At present, the majority of the Dublin Bus services end before midnight.

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Their Nightlink operation services 18 different routes with hourly departures in most cases from the city centre to Dublin's suburbs or commuter towns at an increased price.

Cash fares on the service cost €6, while a Leap card user pays €5 to use the service.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus said that the plans were at a very early stage and there has been no decision made on routes and prices yet.

"We are looking at the possibility of the amalgamation of routes," she said.

"Anything about prices and what routes we would run has not been decided yet. We are at a very early stage where we are talking about demand," she added.

Fianna Fail transport spokesperson Timmy Dooley said that people's changing lifestyles demanded an increased night-time public transport service be made a priority.

"I think it is a very worthwhile project, and while feasibility has to be established there is no doubt that people's working life and leisure life has changed," he said.

"Dublin is a growing city and I think that it is appropriate that you have a good mix of public transport available," he added.

The move comes after the National Roads Authority announced that the new N7 flyover junction at Newlands Cross is to open in the next week.

A spokesperson for the NRA said that the new junction could be open as early as next Thursday.

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The junction currently houses the only set of traffic lights on the cross-country route between Cork and Northern Ireland.

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